Scratchy throat? Congested nose? Aches and chills? You might be getting a cold!
Let’s be honest, colds are probably the most annoying of all illnesses. No one needs a cold, specially during this busy time of the year. So, how can we ease the symptoms of a cold naturally without lots of medicine?
I’m a strong believer that we should always try natural methods before succumbing to medicine (when possible). So, here are some of the things I do/try when I have a cold. I have tried all of these in the last few years out of need, either because I was pregnant or breastfeeding and medicine wasn’t an option for me.
1 – Drink up!
Drink not only lots of water (it will help flush out the cold) but also lots of hot drinks, specially tea. I use both bags of tea and make my own using ginger, lemon and honey. To make the most of the healing and soothing properties of tea I choose specific herbs and blends that are particularly good for treating colds such as peppermint and Echinacea. Peppermint is great to help loosen phlegm and soothe your throat. Echinacea is known to boost your immune system and believed to reduce the symptoms and shorten the length of your cold. These are the tea’s I like to drink.
Ginger has antiviral and antibacterial properties and can help reduce the production of mucus. Lemon is a good source of vitamin C (when making fresh tea you must wait until the water has cooled a bit before adding lemon juice, otherwise the vitamin C will get lost). Honey contains antioxidant, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties and it helps sooth a sore throat.
2 – Rest
This is probably the hardest thing on the list. We all lead busy lives and even if we manage to take the day off work, some of us still have to look after our lovely little ones. But even if it’s just for a few hours, lie down, read a book , watch a film, or simply just take a nap and recharge your batteries.
3 – Keep Warm
This one is as simple as it sounds. Wrap up warm and make sure you don’t forget your feet!
Hope this will help you feel better soon.